|In the fall of 1946
& 1947 I attended 7th & 8th grade in Broughton
and my teacher was Hugh Kane. Somewhere I read this funny
little poem and memorized it for a Christmas program. It
was a big hit with the audience and I was asked to recite
it again the next year. This is the version that I
learned and I have no idea who the author of it is or if
THE MONKEYS DISGRACE
Three monkeys sat in a coconut tree
Discussing things as were said to be
Said one to the others, now listen you two
Theres a certain rumor that cant be true
That man descended from our noble race
Why, the very idea is a disgrace!
No monkey ever deserted his wife
Starved her babies and ruined her life
And youve never known a mother monk
To leave her babies with others to bunk
Or pass them on from one to another
Til they scarcely know who is their mother.
Another thing youll never see
A monkey build a fence around a coconut tree
Forbidding other monkeys to taste
And letting the coconuts go to waste.
Why, if I built a fence around a coconut tree
Starvation would force you to steal from me.
And another thing a monk wont do
Go out at night and get on a stew
Or use a gun, club, or knife
To take some other monkeys life.
Yes, man descended, the ornery cuss
But brother he didnt descend from us!